If your child is considering Invisalign treatment, you might be wondering how to ensure they get the most out of it. The good news is that you can do a few simple things as a parent to help your child have a successful experience with Invisalign. Here are four tips to keep in mind.
Properly Care for Aligners
The first step to successful Invisalign treatment is ensuring your child properly cares for their aligners. It’s essential to clean aligners every day and keep them in a safe place when not in use.
Tips to care for aligners the right way:
- Brush aligners with a toothbrush and water
- Clean aligners with a special aligner cleaner or denture cleaner
- Rinse aligners under cool running water after cleaning
- Store aligners, in their case, when not in use
Make Check-Ups a Priority
Attending all check-ups and follow-up visits with Dr. Benton is important. These appointments allow your child’s progress to be tracked, and any adjustments that need to be made can be taken care of quickly. Additionally, regular check-ups help ensure proper alignment throughout treatment.
Encourage Responsible Habits
Invisalign treatment can be effective only if your child wears their aligners as outlined in their plan. Encourage responsible habits by reminding your child to wear the aligners for at least 20-22 hours each day and to avoid eating or drinking anything other than water while wearing them. Ensure they brush their teeth before putting the aligners back in after meals.
Make sure your child knows you are there for them every step of the way. Give them positive reinforcement whenever possible. Ensure how great their smile will look once treatment is complete. With your encouragement and guidance, your child will have a successful experience with Invisalign.
Follow the Prescribed Treatment Plan
Make sure your child understands that following the prescribed treatment plan is vital for successful Invisalign treatment. Remind them to wear their aligners as instructed and replace them with new ones on schedule. Kids and teens often need consistent reminders. Keep reminding them of the outcome; it will be well worth it in the end.
Tricks to Get Your Child to Remember to Wear Aligners
If your child is having trouble remembering to wear their aligners, try setting an alarm or adding a reminder in their phone to help them stay on track. Consider creating a rewards system for wearing the aligners as instructed – such as a special snack or outing – to give them extra motivation. Sometimes all it takes is a little extra help to keep on track.
No matter what, remember that your support and guidance will go a long way towards helping your child achieve the beautiful smile they deserve. With these tips in mind, you can be sure your child will get the most out of Invisalign treatment and love their new smile.
How Long Does Treatment Take?
Invisalign treatment can take, on average, around 12 months and sometimes around six months, depending on the conditions of their case. Every patient is different, so you must regularly follow up with Dr. John or Dr. Barry throughout treatment to ensure everything is progressing as expected. You can also discuss your concerns with your orthodontist during these visits.
Get a Beautiful Smile with Invisalign – Schedule Your Consultation Today!
At Designer Smiles by Benton, we’re committed to helping you and your child get the best outcome from their Invisalign treatment. Schedule a consultation today to learn more about how our experienced team can help make your child’s treatment journey successful!